Our alumni are an eclectic mix of dynamic individuals including professional athletes, CEOs, business founders, investment bankers, film producers, policy makers, technology gurus, social entrepreneurs, and countless senior-level players in a wide variety of global organizations in both the public and private sectors.
After a few years at the firm, I decided to pursue my MBA. Oliver Wyman has this great sponsorship program, and I qualified for it. So I went to INSEAD in Fountainbleu, France, which was an incredible international experience as well as a great educational one. Oliver Wyman supported me through that program, and I returned to the firm after graduation.
Oliver Wyman is the kind of firm where people take their work seriously, but not themselves. You're with all these people of different ages, backgrounds and professional experiences, and you have to come together quickly to crack a case. So you're sitting there with these really smart and well-adjusted folks, funny people to boot, and that really matters, because you’re going to spend a lot of time with them for the foreseeable future. Many of my strongest friendships have come out of my years with Oliver Wyman.
Oliver Wyman is the kind of place for those who want to go beyond their work and who want to contribute to the life of the firm. Speak up if you have a thought on how to solve a problem, or if you see a problem that isn't being addressed. Don't just do the analysis that you've been asked to do; find a way to add value beyond the performance of a task. If you enjoy challenging and being challenged, you will enjoy consulting at Oliver Wyman.
When you bring people with many varied experiences together, you end up with better answers. When I was at the firm, the flat hierarchy meant that everybody's opinions counted…it didn't matter how long you'd been there, it was the quality of your thoughts. The breadth of experience and the human aspect of the consulting teams at Oliver Wyman are what make this firm head and shoulders above the rest.
I was 21 when I joined the firm, and was thrown right into the middle of things. There were several people who were very influential to me as I learned the ropes. There were Partners who spent a lot of time to help me grow, help me deliver to the client, and coached me in the next steps in my professional development. And my peers were incredibly bright and insightful too.
The minute you come into the firm, you get a "buddy" – a peer who has been there for a year or so – to help you adjust to your new environment, show you around, give you an understanding of how things run within the organization. Then you have a more formal mentor at the partner level, who coaches you through projects and is there for advice and support every step along the way. After a time, I became a buddy myself. It was nice to be able to help someone in the same way that someone helped me.
While I was an Associate in the São Paulo office, I had the opportunity to move to Spain for two-years. It was difficult to choose between pursuing my M.B.A. and having a long-term international professional experience, but I ended up accepting an invitation to join the Oliver Wyman Madrid office. Having the opportunity to work there was the greatest experience in my career, both personally and professionally.
As I entered my senior year in college, I barely knew how to spell "consulting" much less had any idea what a consultant did. It wasn't until Alex Oliver came to speak about the firm he co-founded and the type of work it did, that I knew I had found what I was looking for. I can remember one of my interviewers telling me: "We like to hire interesting people. If all they do is work, then they quickly become uninteresting." That statement resonated with me in a way that no other glossy recruiting brochure or "it's–all–about–our–people" platitudes ever could.
They're executives and leaders at companies like BlackRock, Virgin, Google, Coach, HSBC, Yahoo!, American Express, Barclays, MTV, ING, Tesco, Major League Baseball and Guinness. This diverse group offer opportunities for networking, support, and career options across industries and around the world. Some have taken their Oliver Wyman experience and talents into private equity, venture capital, and not-for-profit enterprises; indeed, many have started their own successful businesses or social ventures. We are very proud of their achievements.